Do roosters molt? I don't think so, or at least not in as dramatic a fashion as hens do. All of my hens have been, or currently are in varying stages of molt. They get awfully shaggy, then show patches of skin that looks like hedgehog pelt with all the new quills poking through. I even have one hen who is almost bald all over! She looks like a chicken the cat dreams about in the cartoons, a plucked chicken running about the yard. But the roosters never lose that many feathers at once, and manage to stay sleek and smooth year 'round. Perhaps a few are molting near their faces & necks, but only a small patch. And the hens make a fuss over them, picking away the quill sheaths with tender pecks. And I've been keeping chickens for several years now, but never have seen a rooster in full molt. Is this just something the layers do? If so, how is molting connected with egg laying?